Noah’s Memorial SIDS Foundation was created in 2010 in memory of Noah Joseph Rogers who passed away at 11 months from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death) during a nap at daycare. The Foundation raises money through an annual golf tournament, Noah’s Memorial Classic, to support SIDS research and help families who have lost a child. All proceeds benefit the CJ Foundation for SIDS, Faith’s Lodge, and a funeral fund at the MN Children’s Hospital.
November 4, 2009 was the happiest day of our lives. Our beautiful son and first born, Noah Joseph Rogers, was born at 9:39am weighing in at a healthy 8lb 3oz. With his contagious laughter and joyful personality, he was the light of our lives. He was learning so many great tricks such as SO BIG that he loved showing everyone he came in contact with. He was saying da-da like crazy but wanted no part of saying ma-ma. He was learning to walk and we were in the midst of planning his 1st birthday party.
Sadly, we never knew that the greatest love of our life would be taken away from us at just 11 months old. On October 7, 2010 I was leaving work and on my way to pick up Noah from daycare when I received the call that changed my life forever. It was the police department saying they had Noah at the Maple Grove Hospital. He was taking a nap at daycare and was found unresponsive. As soon as I walked through the emergency room doors and saw him, I knew he was gone. There were so many doctors working on him, so many machines, so many tubes. My baby boy was lying lifeless on the table, slightly blue and cold. Scott and my family arrived shortly after that. The doctor told us they had tried to revive him for an hour but he was gone. We were in a complete state of shock as we spent the next few hours just being with Noah. We got to hold him and they gave us a lock of his hair and his final footprints.
We later found out from the medical examiner that he had no medical problems or injuries of any kind. He did not suffocate on his blanket, it was not because he was sleeping on his stomach, and it was not the environment he was in. He just died. They are able to tell as the respiratory tract was shut down immediately with no signs of struggle. He breathed out and just never breathed back in. They claimed it to be Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. It’s terrifying to know that as a parent you do everything in your power to make sure your children are safe, and sometimes it isn’t enough. We were the best parents we could be to Noah and we find comfort in that.
Losing a child changes you. We love to the fullest and try not to take a single day for granted. Noah taught us that being a parent is the GREATEST gift you can be given and we feel so blessed to be given that gift again with Noah’s 2 younger brothers. We tell them all about their big brother and how whenever there is a rainbow, it’s a sign that Noah is watching over us and saying “hello.”
Who We Give To
Helping families deal with loss
The mission of Faith’s Lodge is to provide a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or loss of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future.
Ray Labat/Noah Rogers
Funeral Assistance Fund
With the help of the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center and Children’s Hospital we have created the Ray Labat/Noah Rogers Funeral Assistance Fund to help assist families with costs after the loss of a child.
Research to eliminate the
tragedy of SIDS
The CJ Foundation for SIDS is a non-profit devoted to SIDS research, supporting grieving families, advancing medical research, furthering parent and professional education, and advocating for the health of all children.